Friday Wrap #196: NFL lightens up, Tinder has a podcast, Starbucks launches a chatbot

Friday Wrap #196I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Facebook patents tool to remove fake news—Facebook has filed a patent for “systems and methods to identify objectionable content.” The technology has been in the works since 2015 but takes on new urgency with CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserting Facebook has to come up with “better technical systems to detect what people will flag as false before they do it themselves.” The takeaway: This is good news for business, which is fast becoming the new target for fake news. On the other… Read More »

FIR Podcast #64: That’s Not Our Shark!

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Chris Abraham, Cindy Crescenzo, and Steve Farnsworth join host Shel Holtz to talk about these topics:

  • Breitbart News called for a boycott of Kellogg’s after the cereal company pulled its ads, then started publishing articles critical of the company after calling the decision to withdraw advertising “censorship.” Is this the new reality for companies making what used to be simple business decisions?
  • Employee engagement surveys aren’t worth much anymore according to one expert, since people are more concerned about survey scores than addressing engagement issues. Is it time to stop… Read More »

Friday Wrap #195: Breitbart’s boycott, a corporate memo ban, the rise of voice tech, and more

Friday Wrap #195I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

Alerts

Writing for Mobile—As part of a client project, I have been researching the living daylights out of best practices, empirical studies, and real-world experiences when it comes to writing for mobile devices (mainly smartphones). I’ll share what I’ve learned in a webinar scheduled for noon EST on December 14. Register

Excellence in New Communication Awards—If you have produced work that reflects innovation in the use of digital and social media, mobile media, collaborative… Read More »

Are your employee ambassadors equipped to deal with trolls?

Employee Ambassadors vs. Internet Trolls

Trolls are not a new problem, but their impact has soared in recent months. Much of the increase in troll activity corresponds to the normalization of the alt-right (aka racist/nationalist) movement that paralleled Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Reddit is feeling the heat. The collaborative news site heralded as “the front page of the Internet” and a bastion of “authentic conversations” has been overrun by nationalist trolls, according to high-ranking volunteer moderators interviewed by Gizmodo. Mashable called Reddit “a free speech-smashing, garbage-churning hell pit.”

Twitter has been working to muzzle racist trolls,… Read More »

FIR Podcast #63: A Discounted Christmas Lobster

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Jim Hawker, co-founder and owner of Threepipe, a London-based PR and digital marketing agency, and experience architect Andrea Vascellari weighed in on the following topics:

  • The reputations of the S&P 500 are worth nearly 44 trillion of shareholder value, more than $1 out of every $5
  • Speaking of reputation, Sony has filed a patent for a process to assess the reputation of journalists and their articles
  • British grocery upstart Lidl has gotten a lot of positive buzz for its “Social Price Drop” campaign
  • In a recent post, Brian Solis urged companies to go mobile-first
  • How should… Read More »

Friday Wrap #194: Anonymous blogging, cribbing Wikipedia, fake Google, marketing fear

Friday Wrap #194A very happy Thanksgiving weekend to my American readers! I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Anonymous blogging platform launches—Telegram—the popular privacy-focused messaging app that features robust encryption and self-destructing messages—has introduced a new blogging platform that lets people share stories anonymously without the need to register for an account. Dubbed Telegraph, the service is “the most lightweight blogging platform ever,” according to TNW. visit the site, add a title and your name (or… Read More »

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